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Can Spurs Cope Without Modric?

luka modricSpurs have been the surprise team so far this season with some great performances. I don’t say surprise in that they are not expected to play well but they have already beaten Liverpool, admittedly at the moment they aren’t playing the way they did last season, and look extremely strong in all areas. However their main man is Luca Modric who picked up an injury at the weekend that looks set to keep him on the sidelines for at least 6 weeks, can Spurs keep up their challenge for a top four finish without their creative midfielder?

After a slow start to his Spurs career he has made himself a fans favourite and has started to show some the quality in a Spurs shirt that he has shown for Croatia. There are no obvious players in the Spurs squad to replace the creativity that Modric brings his side.

Both David Bentley and Jermaine Jenas have been tipped for the exit door, however the injury to Modric could see at least one being help back to try and fill the void. Personally I am a huge Jenas fan however the England international doesn’t seem to feature in Redknapps plans so he may still take a way out if given one.

There is a possibility that Keane could move into the void left by Modric with Crouch taking his place alongside Defoe. Crouch had a fantastic game at the weekend when he came onto the park and is another great option that Redknapp has in his squad.

The next 6 weeks or so without Modric will be the true test for Spurs to see if they are true contenders for a top four finish or whether it is just an early run of good results and they will eventually slip down the table like Aston Villa did last season.

Written by Danny Watson, a sports journalist who blogs about football news.

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  1. Michael

    September 2, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Modric is Spurs best player and one of the best in Premier League it will be extremely hard to replace him but if anyone can do it its Kranjcar, we just have to wait and see/hope he adapts to his new surroundings/teammates quickly….

  2. wllmhll

    August 31, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    modric will be missed, and if no other midfielders are signed today a change in the formation would disrupt their game play. when modric got injured last weekend, tottenham looks slightly sluggish. maybe it was because some of the players played midweek, but without modric theres little creativity from midfield.

  3. Lennon

    August 31, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    Modric is, to me, second only to Wilson Palacios in terms of players we can’t afford to lose. Both Luka and Wilson provide invaluable elements to the side, Luka with his deft passing and creativity and Wilson with his mix of steel and style that completes our midfield. The difference here is that, as some have noted, we are better equipped to replace Modric. Personally I’d prefer that we make a fairly aggressive bid for Krancjar, but Giovani or a relocated Robbie Keane could work in a pinch. One commenter has suggested moving Lennon left to accommodate Bentley on the right, but the team looked rather poor when they tried this in the 08-09 season.

    If it were me, and if a Krancjar deal were out of the question, I’d start with Keane on the left with Defoe and either Crouch (against sides with smaller central defenders) or Pavlyuchenko (against sides where Crouch’s height wouldn’t create matchup problems) in attack. I’d have Giovani at the ready, Bentley as an emergency option, and Gareth Bale as far away from the pitch as possible. And all the while I’d be cursing the inopportune timing of the O’Hara loan deal.

  4. randomsausage

    August 31, 2009 at 1:43 pm


    Not sure why saving Modric is one of the best players in the Prem is so funny. He is pretty unique….and old style #10 playmaker, that you don’t see very often in the EPL. Anyone who has ever played the game at a decent standard recognizes what a fantastic talent he is: not as flashy as a Rooney or a Ronaldo…..but an effective and technically brilliant player. I love watching what he does on the pitch.

  5. Jables

    August 31, 2009 at 1:30 pm

    “He’s one of the best players in the Premier League, I’d say.”


    • Drew

      August 31, 2009 at 11:18 pm


      I am not even a Spurs fan but have you ever watched this guy? Not one of the best in the league, but he definitely is a game changer.

  6. adjan

    August 31, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    Modric injury is a huge blow for Spurs, some people underestimate his role in the team. He’s probably the most important player which is quite understandable considering his vision, technique and passing ability. I hope Tottenham can do well without him, but it’s a really hard task for Harry Redknapp to replace the Croatian. I also hope Modric will be back on the pitch as soon as possible because for me it’s joy to watch him play. He’s one of the best players in the Premier League, I’d say.

  7. DoublePivot

    August 31, 2009 at 12:50 pm

    Well, he’ll be out 2 of those 6 weeks during the international breaks. Then we have some road games, where he’s not at his best yet. So yes, we can easily survive without him. We have Bale, Lennon, Giovanni and Robbie who can play on the left until he gets back. Wilson would be a devastating blow.

  8. randomsausage

    August 31, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    Modric has been class. Even if ‘Arry buys Kranjar today, His Lucaness will be missed. Naturally it was that thug Bowyer that cracked him across the leg.

  9. NYSpursFan

    August 31, 2009 at 11:15 am

    It’s a problem that cannot be underestimated. Keane is the obvious replacement on the left, with a front pairing of Defoe and either Crouch or Pav. Dos Santos could fill in as well. You could even slot Lennon on the left and play Bentley on the right. But none of the replacements offer what Modric does.

  10. david

    August 31, 2009 at 10:48 am

    I think the King injury is more of a problem. They need two good CDs and with Woodgate and Dawson out as well they are really vulnerable. Modric they can cover internally. Keane, Dos Santos, Bentley and even one of the youngsters on the fringe such as Rose could cover.

  11. KayBee

    August 31, 2009 at 10:48 am

    In a word: yes.

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